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The western Algarve is a complete contrast to the eastern Algarve, and our walks throughout this tour offer a glorious mix of coastal, mountain and inland scenery. Our walks show the different facets of this beautiful area and its diverse landscapes and will take us to all the right places so that we may discover the huge welcoming heart of the Algarve.

Grade Easy to Medium

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Why Go?

  • Includes “classic”  walking sections along the Algarve Coast
  • Experienced and informative guide throughout the walks
  • Resident Solos Tour Leader throughout your stay.
  • Mix of coastal, mountain and inland scenery walks

Itinerary

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Arrive at Faro Airport and transfer to the Jupiter Algarve Hotel.

  • Accommodation 4 * The Jupiter Algarve
  • MEALS Dinner included

We start in the traditional Algarve village of Estombar. Along the valley of the river Arade, we visit the Ecological Park of Fontes, an attractive local beauty spot. Here we find the largest limestone springs in the Algarve. At Sitio das Fontes we can see a water mill, learn more about the local flora and fauna while walking along an educational trail. The route itself enables us to explore this river valley following quiet tracks and paths so we can appreciate the diverse habitats and wildlife. The walk ends in Silves, the ancient capital of the Algarve with its iconic castle.

  • Accommodation 4 * The Jupiter Algarve
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we take a fantastic coastal walk taking in one of the most famous and dramatic sections of the Algarve coastline. Towering cliffs, sea caves and grottos, superb sandy coves and spectacular headlands including the much photographed Benagil domed caves lined with beautiful sandstone strata. We finish along Carvoeiro’s renowned elevated boardwalk.

  • Accommodation 4 * The Jupiter Algarve
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we have a full programme with a fantastic coastal walk taking in the superb sandy beaches and dramatic headlands between Alvor and Portimão, including the much photographed beach at Praia da Rocha, one of the best in the Algarve. The rock strata are particularly varied and very colourful, from white limestone to red sandstone. These different rocks support a wide variety of flora and, in spring, there are impressive displays of wild flowers.

  • Accommodation 4 * The Jupiter Algarve
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

We continue our coastal theme with a spectacular walk starting from the small village and resort of Luz. On this walk we follow a coastal path to Lagos, visiting on the way Ponta da Piedade where the famous sea caves are to be found and visited by many small boats carrying visitors from nearby Lagos. The walk finishes in Lagos and we will have time to sightsee in this attractive town that was an important Roman settlement called 'Lacobriga'. A variety of ancient Roman & medieval ruins remain, including the old slave market. The town centre, which is enclosed within 5th century walls offers a modern and well equipped marina that dominates the sea front and the town is now firmly positioned as a centre for tourists from all over the world. We have an opt out at Ponte de Piedade allowing people to have a little more time to sightsee in Lagos.

  • Accommodation 4 * The Jupiter Algarve
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

We head back inland for a walk that takes in the villages of Barão de São João and Barão de São Miguel. These charming, rural and peaceful villages are characterized by the typical white houses with a coloured border around the windows and doors. This and the traditional Algarve chimneys demonstrate the many years of Moorish occupancy of the area.  We have an opt out at lunch time allowing people to relax and explore the fascinating village of Barão S. João.

  • Accommodation 4 * The Jupiter Algarve
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Our final day on the western Algarve fittingly culminates in Sagres, the most westerly town in the Algarve. This area of intensely dramatic cliffs, opening onto a vast horizon of sea and sky, was the last sight of Europe for the explorers setting forth on their fearsome voyages beyond the horizon. We will also visit today the nearby Cabo de S. Vincente whose spectacular cliffs were once believed to be the end of the world.

  • Accommodation 4 * The Jupiter Algarve
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast you may have some free time to do any last minute local shopping and sightseeing before heading to the airport for your flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Jupiter Hotel ****

Ideally situated in the heart of popular Praia Da Rocha, the Jupiter Algarve Hotel is a modern and stylish hotel with a friendly atmosphere and perfectly located opposite a beautiful beach. This well known hotel is a perfect base for our week of fantastic walks.

Facilities Include

Facilities include restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym,  Spa including indoor water circuit, sauna,sensory showers, steam room, whirlpool. massage and beauty treatments (Charges Apply)

Rooms include

Our comfortable rooms all have LCD TV, WIFI, safe, minibar, haridryer, tea & coffee making facilities and air conditioning.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours 30 minutes

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Mar 21°C, Oct 25°C

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 6 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast & Dinner Daily including water, soft drinks, draft beer, house wine, tea and expresso

What’s extra:

Please Note

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Faro Airport to the Jupiter Algarve Hotel is approximately 60 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Walking programme
Six guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium and you can expect to walk between 7 to 12km per day, with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain and high altitudes involved.

Day 2 – Estômbar and Silves Walk (+- 10 km)

Day Time: 5 hours including time for coffee break/lunch/visits (not included)
Walk Time: 3 hours
Ascent: 46 m Descent: 66 m
Lunch: In Silves (not included)

Day 3 – Seven Valleys Walk (+- 10 km)

Day Time: 5.30 hours including time for coffee break/lunch/visits(not included)
Walk Time: 3 hours
Ascent: 329 m Descent: 327 m
Lunch: Picnic Lunch (not included)

Day 4 – Alvor and Praia da Rocha (+- 10 km)

Day Time: 4.30 hours including time for coffee break/lunch/visits(not included)
Walk Time: 3 hours
Ascent: 87 m Descent: 87 m
Lunch: In Portimão (not included)

Day 5 – Ponte da Piedade and Lagos (+- 12 km)

Day Time: 5.30 hours including time for coffee break/lunch/visits(not included)
Walk Time: 3.30 hours
Ascent: 100 m Descent: 60 m
Lunch: Picnic Lunch (not included)

Day 6 – Barão De São João (+- 14 km)

Day Time: 5.30 hours including time for coffee break/lunch/visits(not included)
Walk Time: 4 hours
Ascent: 192 m Descent: 192 m
Lunch: Picnic Lunch (not included)

Day 7 – Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente (+- 7 km)

Day Time: 4 hours including time for coffee break/lunch/visits(not included)
Walk Time: 2 hours
Ascent: 45 m Descent: 28 m

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

The weather, even in summer, can be unpredictable. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on.

Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
12 Oct 2020 19 Oct 2020 7 All Ages £1,499 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 6 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast & Dinner Daily including water, soft drinks, draft beer, house wine, tea and expresso

What’s extra:

Please Note

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

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